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on 30 Jul 2011 04:08

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Multiple Perspective Films

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1. Hilary and Jackie (1998)
We see the same story viewed from two different perspectives -- and it's not really the same story at all. I haven't seen this yet, but it's highlighted in Mary Litch's chapter on relativism in Philosophy Through Film.

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2. Rashomon (1950)
Events are described from different perspectives -- what is the truth?

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3. Flipped (2010)
A family movie from multiple perspectives. Thanks to MovieCat for the recommendation.

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4. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
Thanks to Xanadon't for this suggestion.

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5. Citizen Kane (1941)
This iconic classic is loosely based on the life of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. As Kane dies, his life is recalled through the eyes of various people with very different experiences and perspectives.
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6. Go (1999)
Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.

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7. Courage Under Fire (1996)
The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. Lt. Colonel Serling, is assigned to investigate and award her the Medal of Honor, faces conflicting accounts of what really happened.

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8. He Said, She Said (1991)
This is a light, cute comedy in which we see a couple's relationship from both their perspectives, yielding two very different stories. The two perspectives are exaggerated for dramatic effect.
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9. Babel (2006)
A married couple faces a tragedy while on vacation in the Moroccan desert. This touches off a multi-dimensional story involving four different families.
Hat tip to jaytoast for the suggestion.

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10. The Killing (1956)
An ex-con comes up with a plan to steal $2,000,000 without anyone getting hurt. And -- yes, you guessed it -- things go terribly wrong. The story reveals various timelines as it follows the men involved. Hat tip to jaytoast for the suggestion.

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11. Vantage Point (2008)
The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives. Hat tip to jaytoast for the suggestion.


I am seeking movies for a curriculum on Film Studies & Philosophy I'm writing for my homeschooled teen-ager and me. This list concerns relativism. Multiple perspective films explore the fact that people have very different conceptual schemes. Comments and suggestions are enthusiastically welcomed. :-)

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Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 1 6:22
French film "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" starring that Audrey Tatou definitely qualifies here. I didn't like it much, but most people seem to.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Aug 1 13:29
Flipped is a great family movie (based on a book) that tells the story from different points of view.

Posted: 4 years ago at Aug 10 21:37
Babel (2006)- I really liked the world wide scope and view of one woman being shot in Morocco.
Vantage Point - (2008) Multiple perspectives was sort of the selling point of the film. Granted it fell flat.
The Killing (1956) - The robbery of a racetrack. The story follows the various timeline of the men involved.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 14 20:08
Alaska (1989) [Link removed - login to see]

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